Ooty Lake - Tamilnadu

Ooty Lake is a popular tourist destination in the hill station of Ooty (also known as Udhagamandalam). It is a famous tourist attraction spot in Tamil Nadu well-known for its beautiful ambiance. Being an artificial Man-made lake, it covers an area of covering an area of 65 acres. Located in the heart of Ooty city and surrounded by lush greenery and hills, the lake gives the visitors beautiful picturesque views. The combination of peaceful environment along with the beauty of nature quiet makes the place a perfect destination for nature lovers and anyone who seeks relaxation. Ooty Lake is one of the best spots to spend time by Picnicking with family and friends. The beautiful garden and large lawn area around the lake provide ample space to sit back and relax. As the lake is located near the Nilgiri Mountains, it adds an overall enchanting appeal. It is approximately 2,240 meters above sea level and is a perfect place for those who love fun and adventure.

History of Ooty Lake

The idea of building a lake in Ooty was mooted by Coimbatore collector John Sullivan. In 1823, Sullivan built a dam over a mountain stream running through the Ooty Valley, creating a huge lake. The aim of the plan is to provide sufficient water to the city and surrounding areas. The construction of the dam started in 1824 and was completed in 1825.

Nearby sightseeing places

Government rose garden, Pykara waterfalls, St Stephen church in Ooty, Doddabetta peak, elk hill Murugan temple.


Boating, Cycling, Horse riding, Fishing, Nature walks.

Visiting time

9 AM – 6 PM

Boating charges

Rs. 100 – 500 (depending on the numbers of seats)

How to reach Ooty Lake?

By air – Coimbatore airport is the nearest to reach Ooty lake that covers about 90 km.
By train – Mettupalayam Railway station is the nearest to junction to reach Ooty Lake.
By road - All roadways are well connected in Tamil Nadu to reach Ooty. Driving from Coimbatore is the easiest way to reach Ooty covering 87 km. National Highways - NH 209 and NH 275